The Importance of a Digital Design Manual: Creating an “Operational Bible” for Institutional Knowledge.

One issue that is problematic for businesses, especially architectural businesses, is how to remain consistent in showcasing the special flavor of what you do. The challenge businesses are presented with is executing projects with excellence consistently, so the business is awarded additional projects.  One way to meet that challenge head-on is documenting and memorializing your…

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Should AEC Firms Carry Inventory?

Plan Ahead!!!  Today we want to help you think through some possible solutions to the current supply chain crisis, as well as rising inflation. The one word that sticks out is planning.  Many of us get busy and postpone planning for something until it is an actual crisis. We then pull out all the stops,…

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A Guide to Onboarding New Employees (Free Checklist Included)

While every company needs technology to have an edge, survive and do well, humans are the most important part of our companies. In today’s job market, it is harder than ever to get new people and even harder to keep them.  We have found that many times, sufficient planning in hiring and onboarding is lacking, which causes delays in allowing the new employee…

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The Impact of BIM on the Small Architecture Firm

Today our discussion centers around the question of whether a small architecture firm should implement BIM as a software solution.  We will take a deeper look what whether it is cost-effective, the time savings benefit, and what the onboarding process will look when converting to BIM.  Joining our discussion today is the Digital Design Manager…

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Autodesk License Conversion

Today our topic is Autodesk licensing and the conversion from a network user to a named user.  Several of our clients have had issues with the conversion, and we want to help others who are facing similar issues.    Potential Difficulty with Conversion  Autodesk is converting everyone from a network licensing model to a named user model, which requires using your email…

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What is the AEC Collection?

In this edition of Design Under Influence, we are unpacking Autodesk AEC Software Collection.  It has 15 unique and interesting tools.  We will discuss an overview of the collection, what is included, and give you the top three that may be the most useful to you.  In addition, we discuss a few bonus applications.      Overview of AEC Collection  The AEC…

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Revit vs. SketchUp

Welcome to Design Under Influence.  Today’s discussion is concerning Revit and SketchUp and why you may need one or the other to complete your project.    What are some of the intricacies of the Revit and SketchUp platforms? A lot of people are familiar with these tools to some extent, and some are using them heavily. Autodesk owns Revit and Trimble owns SketchUp.  Because Revit is…

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Revit – How to Choose the Right Version for Your Firm

Welcome to Design Under Influence.  Today’s discussion centers on Revit.  Revit is a software tool for architects and engineers.  It is also used in construction.  It is a good tool that lives throughout the lifecycle of the building.  Revit’s database-driven approach (often called Building Information Modeling or BIM) has had a dramatic impact on the design and…

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Employee Cybersecurity Training-Best Practices for Passwords.

School is now in session and today’s discussion is regarding best practices to manage your passwords and multi-factor authentication (MFA).  Protecting your passwords is particularly important. You must go beyond the old-school approach of keeping a written list of passwords or storing them in your phone. The old-school approach is dangerous and can leave you…

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